Baseline Leagueboys basketball rivals Etiwanda and Rancho Cucamonga played in the championship game of the Inland Empire Invitational on Saturday night. Etiwanda rallied in the second half to post a 67-59 victory at Miller High School.
What is the significance of this game?
In the end, it gives Etiwanda bragging rights, but the Eagles have already had that. Etiwanda has gone 47-3 in league the last five years, winning five straight outright league titles.
The teams meet for the first time Jan. 18 at Etiwanda and again Feb. 5 at Rancho Cucamonga.
Here is the schedule for the first round and then winner’s bracket for the 2012 San Bernardino Kiwanis boys basketball Tournament.
First round, Dec. 26
Game 1: Kaiser vs. Oak Hills at Arroyo Valley HS, 2 p.m.
Game 2: Rialto vs. Beaumont at Arroyo Valley HS, 3:30 p.m.
Game 3: Jurupa Hills vs. Redlands at Arroyo Valley HS, 5 p.m.
Game 4: Arroyo Valley vs. Fontana at Arroyo Valley HS, 6:30 p.m.
Game 5: Barstow vs. Pacific at San Gorgonio HS, 2 p.m.
Game 6: Summit vs. Redlands East Valley at San Gorgonio HS, 3:30 p.m.
Game 7: Cajon vs. Grand Terrace at San Gorgonio HS, 5 p.m.
Game 8: San Gorgonio vs. Aquinas at San Gorgonio HS, 6:30 p.m.
Westwind Prep, a team from Phoenix, Arizona, which beat both Etiwanda and Upland in boys basketball this season, has been sent home from the Charter Oak Tournament.
Upland boys coach John McNally said he had heard CIF told Westwind to leave the Charter Oak Tournament a day after beating Upland, and CIF-SS spokesman Thom Simmons confirmed that Westwind was in violation.
“The team sent from Westwind was not comprised of students attending full time at Westwind High School making them ineligible for competition versus CIF member schools.” Simmons wrote in an email.
There is no word yet whether Etiwanda and Upland will receive forfeit wins. Etiwanda lost to Westwind 58-56 in the Corona Centennial Tournament and Upland lost to Westwind 81-64 in the Charter Oak Tournament on Thursday.
Here are the first San Bernardino County rankings for winter. I am sure there are omissions, but I haven’t had a lot of time to talk to coaches in the first week after football for us. So, in terms of soccer, water polo and wrestling, county rankings are based in large part off of CIF polls. And with no rankings to utilize, basketball county rankings are based on recent history as well as early-season results this year.
Email me at email@example.com, tweet to @petemarshallLaw or post a comment if you have some information that would help adjust the rankings.
3. Rancho Cucamonga
4. Chino Hills
7. Redlands East Valley
9. Los Osos
Here are Tuesday’s CIF-SS playoff scores for San Bernardino County teams. We were still missing a couple of scores as of Tuesday night.
Fontana 3, Newport Beach Corona del Mar 1 DIVISION 4
Oak Hills 1, North Torrance 1 (Oak Hills advances on PKs, 4-2) DIVISION 5
Cajon 4, Monrovia 0
Granite Hills 1, San Luis Obispo 0
Colton 1, South Pasadena 0
Santa Maria Pioneer Valley 1, Silverado 0 DIVISION 6
Crossroads 4, Ontario Christian 3 (OT)
Los Angeles Brentwood at Jurupa Hills DIVISION 7
AAE 2, Santa Clarita Christian 1
Second RoundSanta Ana Foothill 74, Rancho Cucamonga 59
Upland 80, Palmdale Quartz Hill 55
Etiwanda 60, Cerritos Gahr 52
Santa Monica 68, Silverado 55
Eisenhower 51, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde 50 DIVISION 1A
Vista Murrieta 69, Chino Hills 68 DIVISION 2AA
Riverside Poly 44, Ayala 42
Cajon 51, Cypress 48 (OT)
Fullerton Sunny Hills 71, Summit 69 DIVISION 2A
North Torrance 77, Don Lugo 75
Colony 96, Culver City 82 DIVISION 4A
Ontario Christian 55, Los Angeles Brentwood 54 DIVISION 5AA
Playa Del Rey St. Bernard 78, Aquinas 61 DIVISION 6
L.A. Adventist vs. Joshua Springs
Hesperia Christian 79, Santa Maria Valley Christian 57
That had to be the most tightly contested game I’ve seen all year on Tuesday night, when Cajon downed Arroyo Valley 62-61 in overtime, to clinch the San Andreas League boys basketball crown.
It probably wasn’t the best-played game, but it was definitely the most fun to watch.
Great crowd at Arroyo Valley on senior night.
It was a tight game that featured 8 lead changes and 6 ties.
The last tie came after Arroyo Valey’s Bobby Bonner sank a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the score 55-55.
Arroyo Valley scoring machine Stephen Marshall (no relation to me, as far as I know) made eight 3-pointers, including two in overtime and scored 31 points. His last 3-pointer with 1:52 to play in overtime gave Arroyo Valley at 61-59 lead.
Alonzo McCain missed a chance to tie the game when he made only one of two free throws with 1:05 to play in overtime. But Michael Henley made the off-balance jumper as time expired in overtime to lift the Cowboys to victory.
Los Osos High hosts an annual MLK boys basketball showcase event and here is this year’s schedule for the games on Monday:
9:30 a.m. Twentynine Palms vs. Walnut
11 a.m. Miller vs. Irvine Northwood
12:30 p.m. Los Osos vs. Pomona
2 p.m. Chino vs. La Puente Bishop Amat
3:30 p.m. Los Angeles Pacific Hills vs. Chino Hills
5 p.m. Claremont vs. Glendora
6:30 p.m. Ventura vs. Damien
8 p.m. Ayala vs. Eisenhower
Summit boys basketball coach Steve Hickey was officially named the school’s athletic director Wednesday night, getting approval from the Fontana Unified School District’s school board to replace Ed Kearby. Kearby was promoted to assistant principal at the high school.
“It hasn’t really sunk in,” Hickey said. “I have some big shoes to fill, because Ed did a great job of getting this thing going and building a lot of success in the five years since this school was opened.”
The 41-year-old Hickey was an integral piece of Summit’s overall athletic success, as he led the SkyHawks to the CIF-State Division II championship game this year en route to All-Sun Coach of the Year honors. But the new position might prevent Hickey from a return trip, as the veteran coach isn’t sure whether he’ll be able to coach with his new responsibilites.
“I don’t want to shortchange other sports because I’m focusing on my sport,” Hickey said. “That wouldn’t be fair and I don’t want other coaches to perceive that I’m showing favoritism to my sport. I’d like to coach, but I have to do what’s best for the athletic department first.
“I’ll have a decision by the end of August. Once school starts, I’ll see how everything works out and go from there.”